Rosmah: Not Responsible For Loss Of Jewellery

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Rosmah: I am not responsible for jewellery lost while in police custody. Picture: Bernama
Rosmah: I am not responsible for jewellery lost while in police custody. Picture: Bernama

In Rosmah Mansor’s statement of defence, the court was told that the said jewellery were confiscated from her Pavilion residence and the government should be responsible for its safekeeping.

KUALA LUMPUR — Rosmah Mansor, wife of former Prime Minister Najib Razak, stressed that she cannot be held responsible for the missing 43 pieces of jewellery valued at millions of ringgit.

Rosmah said that her statement that the jewelry had been taken by the police or the Malaysian Government through legislation was true and meritorious considering that one of the 44 pieces of jewellery had been found in their possession.

“I was not the cause of the loss of the jewellery. I had kept all the jewellery in the same place and they were confiscated and taken by the police. The public know that all my and my family’s property had been seized and confiscated by the authorities.

“Therefore, it is impossible for me to keep the jewellery worth millions of ringgit, and I am also not allowed to leave the country,” she said in her statement of defence filed Tuesday through Messrs Reza Rahim & Rajivan.

Global Royalty Trading SAL based in Beirut, as the plaintiff, filed a suit against Rosmah, 71, demanding her to pay US$14.57 million or RM67.46 million, for violating the contract involving 43 pieces of jewellery sent to her five years ago.

Rosmah Did Not Request For The Jewelry

Rosmah, as defendant, denied requesting jewellery worth millions of Ringgit from the Lebanese jeweller, the High Court heard.

Instead, she said Global Royalty Trading SAL (GRT) sent her the valuable jewellery without her asking for it, because they wanted publicity and desired her as a customer.

She said this was due to the fact that she was the wife of the prime minister at the material time and there were business dealings similar to those desired by the plaintiff.

“The purpose of delivering the said packaged goods to Rosmah is for the benefit and advantage of the plaintiff itself, in order to gather, obtain, and attract publicity or credibility among buyers.

“Therefore, these goods will be delivered to Rosmah for her to inspect at her own discretion and willingness.

“There is no obligation on the part of the defendant to purchase these goods,” she said in her court document to answer a US$14.79 million (RM60 million) lawsuit linked to 43 pieces of jewellery.

Government Should Be Held Responsible

Rosmah claimed the plaintiff’s representative had met her to inquire about the status of the jewellery on May 22, 2018.

“Rosmah, in an honest manner, informed that the police or Malaysian Government had taken and seized the said jewellery.

A suit was filed by GRT against Rosmah to recover the jewellery seized by police from two condominium units linked to Najib Razak at their Pavilion residence five years ago.

She claimed that the government should be held responsible if the jewellery was lost. The company filed the suit on June 26, 2018 to compel Rosmah to return the jewellery it had sent to her for viewing, including a diamond necklace, earrings, rings, bracelets and a tiara, each worth between US$124,000 and US$925,000.

Rosmah also claimed that she has taken all reasonable and prudent steps to ensure the safety of the jewellery.

“Therefore, the defendant cannot be held responsible for the loss of the said jewellery as they were taken by the police through a legal operation.

“Rosmah is not the cause of the loss of the said valuable goods,” she said.

The company said this was because only one of the 44 pieces of jewellery was kept by the police and the remaining 43 pieces were not in the custody of the authorities.

“Therefore, the defendant failed and was negligent to return to the plaintiff the remaining 43 pieces of jewellery amounting to US$14.57 million, which were sent to the defendant on Feb 10, 2018,” it said in its statement of claim.

Global Royalty also claimed that the defendant had deceived the company by shifting the burden to the Malaysian Government when in fact, the jewellery had gone missing.

On June 26, 2018, the firm sued Rosmah and demanded that she return the 44 pieces of jewellery sent to her for selection, or pay the price for all of them, namely US$14.79 million.

The suit was then withdrawn in 2019 as the company needed to determine whether the 44 pieces of jewellery were in the custody of Bank Negara Malaysia.

However, on March 29, Global Royalty once again filed a suit against Rosmah after claiming she had lied in her affidavit and in her statement of defense by saying that 44 pieces of jewellery, including diamond necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets and tiaras sent to her by the company’s agent were seized by the Malaysian authorities for offences under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.

Rosmah’s lawyer Rajivan Nambiar told reporters that during the case proceedings before High Court deputy registrar Rini Triany Muhammad Ali today, the court set June 27 for further case management for Global Royalty to reply to the defense. — mediahit

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